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Razing the Dead (Museum Mystery Series #5)
     

Razing the Dead (Museum Mystery Series #5)

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by Sheila Connolly
 

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Once again Nell Pratt has to dig into the past to solve a murder in the present…
 
Between the challenges of her position as president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society in Philadelphia and of taking her relationship with FBI agent James Morrison to the next level, Nell Pratt has got her hands full. Nevertheless, when a powerful developer

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Once again Nell Pratt has to dig into the past to solve a murder in the present…
 
Between the challenges of her position as president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society in Philadelphia and of taking her relationship with FBI agent James Morrison to the next level, Nell Pratt has got her hands full. Nevertheless, when a powerful developer approaches the Society to make sure the old dairy farm he wants to level is not hiding any archeological or historical surprises that could derail the project he’s planning, Nell decides to make time to personally accompany him to the proposed site.
 
But when they get to the property, they stumble upon a startling discovery—a body floating facedown in a pond. The dead man turns out to be an amateur history enthusiast, who may have uncovered secrets about the farm that got him killed. Now it’s up to Nell and James to get to the bottom of things before there are more deadly developments…

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Museum Mysteries
 

“Sheila Connolly has written another winner in her Museum Mystery series…The facts and history that Ms. Connolly provides certainly adds to the charm of the story…[A] real page- turner.”—MyShelf.com

“A witty, engaging blend of history and mystery with a smart sleuth who already feels like a good friend. … [Connolly’s] stories always keep me turning pages—often well past my bedtime.”—Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries

“The archival milieu and the foibles of the characters are intriguing, and it’s refreshing to encounter an FBI man who is human, competent, and essential to the plot.”—Publishers Weekly

“The practical and confident Nell Pratt is exactly the kind of sleuth you want in your corner when the going gets tough. Sheila Connelly serves up a snappy and sophisticated mystery that leaves you lusting for the next witty installment.”—Mary Jane Maffini, author of the Charlotte Adams Mysteries

“The mystery is great, and will have readers guessing all the way until the end.”––RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425257135
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Series:
Museum Mystery Series , #5
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
255,221
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for the Museum Mysteries
 

“Sheila Connolly has written another winner in her Museum Mystery series…The facts and history that Ms. Connolly provides certainly adds to the charm of the story…[A] real page- turner.”—MyShelf.com

“A witty, engaging blend of history and mystery with a smart sleuth who already feels like a good friend. … [Connolly’s] stories always keep me turning pages—often well past my bedtime.”—Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries

“The archival milieu and the foibles of the characters are intriguing, and it’s refreshing to encounter an FBI man who is human, competent, and essential to the plot.”—Publishers Weekly

“The practical and confident Nell Pratt is exactly the kind of sleuth you want in your corner when the going gets tough. Sheila Connelly serves up a snappy and sophisticated mystery that leaves you lusting for the next witty installment.”—Mary Jane Maffini, author of the Charlotte Adams Mysteries

“The mystery is great, and will have readers guessing all the way until the end.”––RT Book Reviews

Meet the Author

Sheila Connolly is the New York Times bestselling author and the Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated author of three cozy mystery series. Her bestselling Museum Mysteries are set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and include Razing the Dead, Monument to the Dead, Fire Engine Dead, Let's Play Dead, and Fundraising the Dead, as well as the short story An Open Book. Her New York Times bestselling Orchard Mysteries are set in small town Massachusetts and filled with delicious apple recipes; those titles include Golden Malicious, Sour Apples, Bitter Harvest, A Killer Crop, Red Delicious Death, Rotten to the Core, and One Bad Apple. Scandal in Skibbereen is the second in her Ireland-based County Cork Mysteries, following New York Times bestselling Buried in a Bog.

Sheila has taught art history, structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities, worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns, and served as a fundraiser for several nonprofit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company, providing genealogical research services. In addition to genealogy, Sheila loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her previous occupations.

She is married and has one daughter and two cats.

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Razing the Dead 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Razing The Dead is the fifth book I the A Museum Mystery series. Connolly does another wonderful job of story telling in this book. Once again Connolly skillfully blends current events and a little of the local areas history, to give the reader a very interesting mystery. Nell Pratt has been approached by Michael Wakeman, a real estate developer, to look into the history of a tract of land that he has purchased and wants to develop. The land is near the site where Duffy's Cut had taken place. This is a site where over thirty Iriah immigrants had been found buried to cover up their death by the company they were working for. Wakeman doesn't want something similar to come up with his tract of land. Nell hires an intern, Lissa Penrose, to pour threw the archives to learn the background of the land. But first on the agenda, is a trip with Wakefield and Lissa to visually get a feel for the land and surrounding area. As they are about to leave, the body of George Bowen is found floating in a pond. Bowen, a township employee, had suffered a blow to the head. Wakefield, not feeling confident that the local police can solve the murder quick enough, he makes some calls and get the FBI involved. Of course, James, Nell's boyfriend is assigned to case. Soon the bones of two humans are found buried near where Bowen was found. Who were they and how long have they been buried only adds to. Most all of the characters from the previous books are back. Eric continues to show his value to Nell, efficiently handling the administrative duties. Marty is back to provide Nell with some additional history of the area. In addition to Lissa, another new character is added, that being Ben Hartley. Hartly, a military veteran, is recovering from an automobile accident that has left him paralyzed. He is learning to cope with his disability and should be an interesting character in future books. As always, I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
torquaypam More than 1 year ago
Sheila Connolly consistently writes an excellent book. They always contain all of the qualities that I enjoy anyway --- mystery, romance, interesting plot-line. Keep them coming. Highly recommended - give her a try.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Mystery wasn't hard to solve, but the book was a fun read.
Chuck56 More than 1 year ago
This has to be the most politically correct of the series -- I'm not sure I'm going to read another. Unmarried couple having sex? Check; planning to live together without marriage? Check; encouraging a friend to do the same? Check; Developer planning on destroying hundreds year old farm but doing it 'sensitively'? Check. Handicapped employee? Check. The book summary should have said: couple stresses for seemingly chapters on end about where they are going to shack up . . . and by the way there's a murder too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good geneology mystery but who killed george is cop out. Too much about james and nell and not enough mystery.
momelaine More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot. It reminded me of the TV series "Bones" because of Nell's position with the Historical Society and with how they use history to study things. I also enjoyed reading about how one has to be so careful of what one might unearth back in the east, where battles took place so long ago. I have never been much interested in history but when I travel to the eastern states and realize there is so much that went on there to shape our country, I find in much more intriguing! Thanks for writing a fun, cozy mystery that brings all of that together!
Maggie59MS More than 1 year ago
This is a nice continuation of the series and a good blend of history and mystery. I was so pleased to see the introduction of some new characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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However doubt if a whoke farm buy would mean too much not like a lot in town realky like my mysteries to keep on one level several went downhill upon marriage and children sonme managed to stay same age forty years after